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Meadow Field Mat, low
Natur+ Meadow Mat Field, 6 mm
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
Natur Meadow Mat Field 6 mm is part of the NOCH PROFI series. It is a flexible mat covered with irregular electrostatic grass fibers.

As NOCH explains their Natur Meadows and Fields;
    The products of this series feature a "plus" concerning life-like appearance. Natur Meadows and Fields are super realistic compositions made of different, high-quality, electrostatic grass fibres. A specially developed production process allows the fibers to be applied one after the other. This technology and the mixture of fibers in different lengths create an amazing natural appearance.

    As the fine base for the grass fibers, we use specially developed transparent glue which stays permanently flexible. Thanks to this special production process, the Natur meadows and fields can be easily integrated in any surface structures like hills, embankments, hollows etc.

    Each package contains 10 additional grass tufts in harmonious colours for the realistic decoration or the creation of transitions.

    The application of Natur products is very simple. You can integrate these meadows and fields completely in your landscape or cut them in small pieces before modelling.


Meadow Field Mat, 6 mm
Natur Wiesenmatte Feld, 6 mm is 440 mm (17.32 inches) long and 290 mm (11.42 inches) wide. In HO that is a parcel about 125 X 85 feet.

The grass is 6 mm high. That is about 1 foot 9 inches high in HO, and about 8 inches high in 1/35. To demonstrate how 6 mm grass looks in your favorite scale, I show this mat with a

* 1/35 Tiger I
* 1/48 M10
* 1/72 P-40
* 1/87 Farm tractor
* 1/87 carriage with horses and driver
* HO (1/87) railroad track
* N (1/160) railroad track

The mat is very flexible. Hills and banks can easily be made. It is also fairly easy to cut and tear.

The grass fibers stick to the mat well. Not many were loose in the bag after unpacking. However, the mat is packed rolled up and shows thin lines along the creases. Clever modelers should be able to disguise these creases with paths, fence or brush lines, roads, etc.

However, there is a potential problem. Models are relatively light. The fibers are stiff. And dense. You can see in the photos that some models rest upon the "grass', lacking the weight to settle into the tough turf. Modelers can add weigh or glue the models into the grass.

conclusion
Meadow Field Mat, 6 mm, offers modelers a simple method of creating an area of realistic grass for many scales. The color is good and the mat is versatile. However, the fibers are stiff and dense and some models lack the weight to crush down into the "grass".

This grass mat offers modelers of many scales with a lot of potential for creating dioramas. Recommend.

Thanks to NOCH for providing this product for review - here at RailRoad Modeling.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Individual blade of "grass" look realistic. The mat is very flexible.
Lows: The fibers are stiff and dense. Some models lack the weight to crush down into the "grass".
Verdict: This grass mat offers modelers of many scales with a lot of potential for creating dioramas.
  Scale: Multiple S
  Mfg. ID: 00406
  Suggested Retail: $9.00/ 7.99
  Related Link: Grass, Meadows and Fields
  PUBLISHED: Aug 13, 2015
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.22%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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